The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been in the news recently, not for its contribution in tackling impunity but for the desertion of state parties. Most notably, South Africa has notified its intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute, with Burundi set to follow. Countries such as the Philippines, Uganda, Namibia and Russia are mulling this course of action. A non-binding resolution at the 28th session of the African Union summit in January 2017 has set the stage for a mass withdrawal of its members from the ICC.
The relevance of the court as a means to ensure international accountability is increasingly coming underquestion. This is the time for governments in the global south, including India, to show leadership, and adhere to the ICC. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
The district revenue officials are gearing up to complete the land acquisition process in a couple of months for establishing the atomic power plant in Kovvada as they anticipate a positive reply from the Union Government for the social impact survey conducted as per the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
Senior officials say the committee constituted to cross-check the survey details will give its consent for taking up other works, including land acquisition, the process of which has been hampered by the delay in finalisation of compensation for the displaced persons. Continue reading
In keeping up with the continuing warmth in Indo-Bangla relations, the Border Security Force (BSF) will facilitate the establishment of a dog training school for security forces of Bangladesh.
The proposal for setting up the canine facility in Bangladesh was mooted by BSF counterpart Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) during the visit of an Indian delegation to Dhaka earlier this week. BSF Director General K K Sharma assured his Bangla counterpart that he will facilitate in setting up the dog training school there. Continue reading
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make a state visit to India later this year, India’s High Commissioner-designate to Canada Vikas Swarup said on Saturday.”We expect the Canadian Prime Minister to visit India sometime later this year,” Mr Swarup, who served as the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, said on the occasion of his farewell party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Canada in April 2015 during which India inked a multi-million-dollar deal for uranium to power its civilian nuclear programme for five years and also inked 13 agreements, following talks with then Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Day After Bharat Karnad India’s Foremost Conservative Strategist in his latest blog entry claimed that Indian air force also lost one C-17 Globemaster while reporting on recent C-130 Super Hercules incident at Ladakh, Indian Air force has finally issued a statement that no accident has ever occurred in Indian air force in regards to C-17 fleet since induction .
Since 2013 Indian air force has operated a fleet of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster and recently also placed orders for 3 more aircraft but due to the end of production. Continue reading
SOURCE: RAJU GAEKWAD / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Twice in last few weeks Lockheed Martin has made two contrary statements on its F-16s offer to India and has failed to follow up with clarifications. Lockheed Martin which is under intense scrutiny under Trump administration on its over budget and delayed F-35 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft program might withdraw from setting up a plant in India for the F-16 production plant in India might make in India wary of purchase of arms from United states in the future.
United states in last few years have emerged has India’s second biggest defence equipment supplier but most of the deals have been through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with no involvement of transfer of technology (TOT) or offset obligations which allowed American companies to crack deals without any actual presence of competitions in India. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
When three-year-old Aminika, a Belgian Malinois, died sniffing out explosives earlier this year in Maoist-affected Jharkhand, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) ensured that a proper burial was organised for the brave dog.
Aminika was given an 18-gun salute, her coffin was draped in the national flag and a memorial stone detailing her operational achievements were placed near the burial site.During her two-year stint, Aminika had detected over 50 kg of explosives, which included cane bombs and mines, the memorial stone said. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE
Used to a lenient and patronising attitude on their work achievements by the governments of the day, state-owned ordnance factories (OFs) — employing nearly a lakh workers in its 41 factories across the country — have been asked by none other than the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to furnish a report on their achievement from 2013 onwards.
Confirming the development, a top source in the defence ministry told this newspaper: “The PMO has written the letter to the secretary, defence production, who controls the OFs. The February 16 letter seeks of OFs to give a report on all the items and products they have produced in the last three financial years along with details of the costs involved, besides photographic evidence.” Continue reading
Last summer, a 42 Rashtriya Rifles patrol walked into a pre-dawn ambush prepared for militants by soldiers of the same unit close to the Line of Control in Pulwama district, Kashmir. Mistaking each other for insurgents, both groups opened fire, killing two of their own comrades instantly and injured three seriously.
The Indian Army, which has been engaged in counter-terrorism operations for the last 25 years, is fighting militants literally in the dark lacking the ability to recognise ‘friend or foe’. Recognising the need to prevent such incidents, the Army proposes to give smart vests to soldiers to prevent friendly fire casualties; 2019 is the deadline. An internal report of the Directorate General of Infantry admits to this flaw, causing ‘fratricide’. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan Jitendra Singh Yadav who fought terrorists at the Indian consulate in northern Afghanistan last year was awarded with DG Insignia and Commendation on Saturday at the ITBP centre here, though many believe he should have got the President Police Medal Gallantry.
The 33-year-old jawan was guarding the main gate of the consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, when a fidayeen attack took place on January 3, 2016. He engaged the three terrorists and injured two of them. Continue reading
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is changing life in China’s Northwest Xinjiang Uyghur region, bringing something special to the region: seafood from Pakistan.
This little bonus is being shipped by container trucks through the corridor, which currently accounts for 2 percent of the total trade between the two countries; and more goods are expected to come through CPEC from the Middle East and Africa. Continue reading
SOURCE: Daily Times PK
Adviser to Prime Minister (PM) on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said the Indian efforts to isolate Pakistan bore no fruit as the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit will be held in Islamabad on March I.
He said this while talking to reporters. To a question, the adviser said that seven heads of state, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan and Foreign Minister of Afghanistan confirmed their participation in the summit. Continue reading
SOURCE: OneIndia News
The Ministry of Home Affairs has in a report said that the priority should be to ensure that the youth, especially the teenagers in Jammu and Kashmir do not get radicalised. The report was prepared to assess the situation in J&K and has now been sent to the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
The report takes a note of the stone pelters in the Valley and says that they should be booked under the Public Safety Act. However the first time offenders and the teenagers should be counselled and also kept in a remand home. Continue reading
The National Investigation Agency has filed a closure report in the case relating to two “guides” from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, initially suspected to have helped the fidayeen squad that attacked the Indian Army camp at Uri on September 18, 2016, as the charges against the duo could not be substantiated.
The two youths Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed are likely to be returned to Pakistan as part of a “goodwill” arrangement under which Indian Army soldier Chandu Chavan was sent back here last month. The custody of the two youths provided leverage to India in ensuring Chavan’s return. Continue reading
A sharp-shooter owing allegiance to the Dawood Ibrahim gang and three others were arrested from city outskirts on Saturday, when they were allegedly on their way to eliminate a Jamnagar-based businessman on direction of Pakistan-based underworld don’s brother Anees, police said. Anees Ibrahim, who looks after the illegal business of Dawood is believed to be based in Pakistan, had given a contract to kill Jamnagar-based businessman to one Ramdas Rahane and others for Rs 10 lakhs, police said.
“Rahane and his three accomplices were coming to Rajkot in a private bus to kill the businessman, who runs a construction company in Jamnagar,” Rajkot city DCP S R Odedara who led the team to nab shooters said. Continue reading